Falling just short
No. 17 Glenville State used a second-half run to defeat Davis & Elkins 67-53 Thursday in West Virginia Conference action at the McDonnell Center.
With the game tied 30-30 at halftime, the Lady Senators took an early lead to start the second half on a Page Turner 3-pointer to make it 35-33 with 18:19 left in the game.
The Lady Pioneers (20-2, 15-1 WVC) answered with an 11-2 run to take the lead for good at 44-37 on a Madison Martin trey with 13:40 left in the contest.
Another 3-pointer by Turner cut the deficit to 44-40 but D&E?came no closer the rest of the game.
A three from Ginny Mills allowed the Lady Pioneers to open up their largest lead of the game at 51-40 with 10:58 left, and the visitors finished the game on a 14-7 run after Alicia Lentz’s layup cut the margin to 53-46.
“We made some adjustments at halftime,” Glenville State coach Bunky Harkleroad said. “We dribbled way too much in the first half and didn’t pass the ball at all.
“I thought we did a lot better in the second half.”
Kenyell Goodson finished with 15 points, while Latoya Hambrick added 10 points and five rebounds for the Lady Pioneers, who entered the game leading the nation in scoring with 92 points per game.
“I thought Davis & Elkins really played well tonight,” Harkleroad said. “They’re one of the top teams in the conference. They played us tough and had us scouted very well.”
Lentz finished with a 12 points and nine rebounds, while Page Turner added 11 points, six assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Lady Senators (11-10, 10-7 WVC).
“It was an excellent effort by both teams,”?D&E coach Jason Asbell said. “Hopefully we have the opportunity to play them again before the season ends.”
The Lady Senators will visit Wheeling Jesuit at 2 p.m. Saturday.